Many recognitions and awards still given this year

Despite the cancellation of its annual Awards Ceremony, which was to take place on Thursday, March 26, 2020, the University of Sudbury is still recognizing the exceptional leadership, dedication and success of many.

The University of Sudbury encourages its students to unleash their full potential and become engaged citizens. This year, we congratulate the following recipients:

·         Senate Awards:

Teilhard de Chardin in Religious Studies: Julie Langlois

Teilhard de Chardin en Sciences religieuses: Mikela Lemieux 

Vladimir Berens Award in Philosophy: Evan Elliot

Vladimir-Berens en Philosophie: Inès Bagaoui-Fradette

Stella Kinoshameg Award in Indigenous Studies: Nina Trudeau

·         Leadership Awards:

Community Volunteer / Engagement communautaire: Sean Patterson

Heart of UofS / Coeur de l'UdeS: Mohammed El Mendri

Red Pianosi / « Red » Pianosi:  Astrid Fournier

Sword of Loyola / Épée de Loyola (highest award): Sierra Peskett

We especially want to highlight Sierra Peskett, a highly involved student and this year’s recipient of the Sword of Loyola; the most prestigious award we offer.

Also recognized are the students selected for the second edition of the Normand Forest Leadership ProgramAryan Puri, Isabelle Minor and Mikela Lemieux. This group of undergraduate students take on a leadership role and help shape the student experience at the University of Sudbury. They meet periodically to discuss programming and activities, participate in university governance, engage in professional and leadership development training as well as networking opportunities. These selected students also receive an associated scholarship to help finance their studies.


In addition, we congratulate Hailey Sutherland, the recipient of the Rotary Indigenous Scholarship Fund, a substantial continuing scholarship that will provide her with $5,000 per year until she receives her degree.

Lastly, we congratulate Nelson D. Lindstone, the Top Writer of the Indigenous Me youth publication contest. This contest was first created in 2018, and asks Indigenous youth from grades 7 to 12 to submit a creative writing piece related to the theme “What being Indigenous means to me.” Submissions are evaluated based on engagement, character, insightfulness and creativity. The top scorer was chosen as this year’s Top Writer. The University of Sudbury is proud to offer this opportunity for Indigenous youth to share their diverse voices, perspectives and stories, as well as their cultural pride.


The unusual circumstances this year do not affect our level of pride in these students who show impressive leadership and drive, academically and otherwise. Congratulations to all!

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